Monthly Archives: December 2018

The electronic stethoscope

Shuang Leng, Ru San Tan, […], and Liang Zhong Most heart diseases are associated with and reflected by the sounds that the heart produces. Heart auscultation, defined as listening to the heart sound, has been a very important method for the early diagnosis of cardiac dysfunction. Traditional auscultation requires substantial clinical experience and good listening […]

Narcissistic tendencies

People with strong narcissistic tendencies are known for certain destructive social patterns. Anybody who has had the misfortune of dealing with these types of people may notice that whenever there’s a conflict or any type of disagreement, they tend to act in an abhorrent yet predictable manner. In this article we will explore the common […]

Electronic Stethoscopes – Technology Overview

Types of Stethoscopes Currently Available In today’s market, there are three general types of stethoscopes available to consumers: the traditional acoustic, amplifying, and digitizing. All of the electronic stethoscopes fall into two broad categories; amplifying and digitizing. Traditional Acoustic Stethoscope (from the Greek stethos-chest and skope-examination) is an acoustic medical device for auscultation, or listening […]

Plastic surgery in ancient history of India

Although many people consider Plastic Surgery as a relatively new specialty, the origin of the plastic surgery had his roots more than 4000 years old in India, back to the Indus River Civilization. The mythico-religious shlokas (hymns) associated with this civilization were compiled in Sanskrit language between 3000 and 1000 B.C. in the form of […]

Two meals a day in diabetes

WHY YOU ARE RIGHT ? You are right that two meals a day will cause weight loss. It will happen. It will happen in the same way in which if I fast, I will lose weight. Any form of caloric restriction produces weight loss and any form of caloric restriction will help control diabetes mellitus. […]

Healtcare in India

NEW DELHI: The public health expenditure in India, or what the government (Centre and state combined) spends on health, has remained constant over years in most states and is even less than the national average of 1.2% of GDP, making India one of the biggest private spenders on health among the low-middle income countries, latest […]

The Invasion of Indian Healthcare The FII takeovers of Indian Healthcare chains seems to have started in right earnest. The Fortis shares sale to IHH Healthcare Behrard, Max shares sale to KKR – Radiant Combine, Manipal – Temasak- TPG Capital combine takeover of Medanta all seem to be happening at a feverish pace. Is there a pattern to be […]


‘She was unrecognisable’ – families warn of antipsychotic drug effects Coroners urge health secretary to ensure that clozapine, linked to two deaths, does not claim more lives Jamie Doward Sun 23 Dec 2018 15.00 GMT First published on Sat 22 Dec 2018 16.16 GMT The health secretary is under pressure to respond to growing concerns about the […]

Psychiatric illnesses

Please check this article out, although I wouldn’t question your expertise” was the one-line WhatsApp message I had received from a concerned father whose son I had seen a few days earlier and had started on an antidepressant. He had sent me a link to a New York Times article (April 2018) which reframed a […]

Understanding Depression.

What is Depression? The term depression is used widely in mental health as well as finance where it denotes a down running economy. In mental health it refers to a very common illness. Now at times we all feel low,down,sad,miserable. These feelings are usually transitory in nature and we soon bounce back to enjoy life. […]

*93% of New England Journals Are Rolled Up & Used to Kill Flies*

Maybe don’t throw away all those unread New England Journals just yet: A study published in this month’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that 92.7% of New England Journals are not read by subscribers and are instead rolled up and used to swat at and kill flies. “That is remarkable but […]

Affectional Response inthe InfantMonkey

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Phases of Psychosis Although a psychotic episode is viewed as occurring in three phases, not all people will experience clear symptoms of all three phases. Each person’s experience will differ. Three Phases of a Psychotic Episode The typical course of a psychotic episodes can be thought of as having three phases: Prodrome Phase, Acute Phase, […]

Human survival

One hears epic accounts of people surviving bullets to the brain, 10-story freefalls or months stranded at sea. But put a human anywhere in the known universe except for the thin shell of space that extends a couple of miles above or below sea level on Earth, and we perish within minutes. As strong and […]

Lancet discusses rising violence in country’s health sector

India left embarrassed: Renowned medical journal Lancet discusses rising violence in country’s health sector In a piece published in one of the oldest medical journals in the world in April, it was said that the health workers in India have reached a breaking point in the wake of continuous physical attacks on them. By : […]

Faith doctor

If you are looking for a career in the ‘lucrative’ medical field, you are in luck. This article takes about 10 minutes to read (5 minutes if you have completed 12th standard). Once you complete reading the article, you will know how one can become a doctor in India. You don’t need any medical qualification, […]

3 More Blood Pressure Drugs Recalled Over Cancer Risk: Here’s What You Should Know

US NEWS BY JACK PHILLIPS December 7, 2018 Updated: December 7, 2018 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an update on Dec. 6 about its ongoing recall of heart and blood pressure medication due to impurities that could cause cancer. It said Mylan Pharmaceuticals “is expanding its voluntary recall to include all lots […]



Neuro-Interventional Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke

 Lotfi Hacein-Bey, MDa,b,*, Jeremy J. Heit, MD, PhDc, Angelos A. Konstas, MDd  KEYWORDS Acute stroke Ischemia Neuro-interventional management Thrombectomy Endovascular KEY POINTS Mechanicalthrombectomyisnowstandardofcareinstrokefromlarge-vesselocclusionwithClass IA evidence. Treatment paradigms will likely evolve from time limits toward personalized physiology-based pa- tient evaluation. Although a number of effective devices are available, techniques will continue to evolve. Increasingly […]

Episodic Neurologic Symptoms

Good DC. Definition Intermittent neurologic symptoms comprise a group of complaints that may be associated with dysfunction of many organ systems, including the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and vestibular apparatus. Intermittent metabolic disturbances and psychiatric problems may also result in neurologic symptoms. Despite these diverse etiologies, all the conditions discussed here share the following […]

Doctors and society

Doctors are not a sociable lot. They have one or two close friends, and they’re usually other doctors. They’re cut off from the non-physician world. The only feedback they get is from other doctors who think like them. Doctors do not travel out of their cities to attend weddings of their close friend’s son or […]

Strange psychotic symptoms explained

Our observations of hundreds of depressed patients had confirmed that excessive worry puts huge stress on the REM sleep mechanism. This led us to hypothesise that schizophrenia develops in those particularly imaginative, highly sensitive people who become so stressed that the REM sleep discharge mechanism cannot take the strain, and so their ability to separate […]

Match genes before kundli

In India, before marriages there are compatibility concerns on various issues but medical issues are never given their due importance. People tend to overlook or are unaware of the health aspect of the marriage. Premarital checkup should be conducted for a soon-to-be-married couple in order to identify if there is any injury with genetic blood […]